The admin’s of streamlive have changed syntax and made changes to the mobile version of site, now we need a user agent switcher extension to access it. I have another simple workaround which i’m not going to post here, if anyone is interested hit me up on twitter or leave a comment. To re-enable the mobile version of site, install this User Agent Switcher Firefox Add-On and set it to use either Android or iOS #Cat&Mouse
[Update] I am noticing that m.streamlive.to (the mobile version of site) now points to streamlive.to (not mobile). Once you have found your desired stream, in the address bar delete the www and replace with an m.so we get the mobile webpage.
Since the livestreamer plugin for this site is broken, here’s a way to watch all streams from streamlive.to in your favourite media player, firstly click <– hyperlink find a stream you like, click it, you will see a player, right click player and highlight/click ‘copy video location’ like so .. Then open a new tab and paste in the video location URL from your clipboard to the address bar ..
An .m3u8 playlist file will begin downloading, normaly to /tmp, simply open it with your chosen media player [In Firefox preferences you can also set your player as default handler for the mimetypes(MP3 audio) (streamed) (audio/x-mpegurl)M3U8 filertmp
Stream will then begin playing in chosen player automagically]
I have tested this using firefox in Linux and OS X, thats all folks .. another nail in adobe flash coffin.
P.S To have it work in Windows we need to create our own .m3u8 playlist file see this older blog post.
I have been using Archlinux now for around four years, and contrary to popular belief Archlinux does not break often due to it being bleeding edge and running the latest and greatest software out there, in my experience it’s quite the contrary, like most forty somethings i started my computing escapades in the late 80’s running BASIC on an old BBC micro, then ofc when windows 93 came around i became a ‘windows user’ right up until around 5 years ago, i found myself having to reinstall windows at least once per annum ( sometimes much more than once ) i got fed up doing this and spending maybe 40% of my computing time ‘scanning for and fighting with malware’ so like many other power users i ‘ditched Windows in favour of a proper UNIX like OS’ . I started off with PCLinuxOS which i found to be a great distro with an awesome welcoming community who taught me lots, back then i found KDE to be buggy and would break occasionally so when i felt confident enough i decided to shop around and attempt to find a linux distro that suited my needs.
After a year of distro hopping mostly amongst the ‘user friendly’ distros i found those kind of distros would often break after updates, also some tend not to trust the person sitting at the keyboard ( one or two don’t even give the user sudo by default ) this might be great for some but not for me, i’m a control freak as far as my OS is concerned, again i found myself having to re install more often that i would like..
I also have OS X Mavericks installed on this PC and i must say in my opinion it’s much better than Windows due to the fact it too is UNIX so it lets me run many of my favourite command line commands/programmes. Although in comparison to Archlinux i find it to be a tad clunky but it does have some superb applications, parallels springs to mind, if BSD or Linux wasn’t a thing i’d prolly use OS X as daily driver.
Enter Arch ( which has lived up to it’s name of being one of the strongest structures known to mankind )
After attempting to install Archlinux 2 or 3 times in Virtualbox i felt i was ready to install it on metal, the install is different from others wherein it’s not a graphical installer with buttons / progress bars etc. The install is all done from the console, it may look difficult to the novice but it’s really not. This is when i learned of standalone window managers and decided to forget about big complex full blown desktop environments like Gnome & KDE, i experimented with window managers and i was amazed by how small ( some only 2 meg ) configurable, and simple (not to mention blazing fast) they were, i used openbox for the first year, during which time i became aware of tiling window managers, the rest as they say is history. I soon became the stereotypical Arch user, with my tmux sessions, dotfiles and obligitory tiling WM.
Of course this method of computing is not for everyone, Arch or even linux in general is geared towards enthusiasts and power users, the masses don’t seem to care that the software they use on a daily basis runs code that keeps tabs on them, the recent hoopla with Volkswagen shows what kind of sculduggery goes in ‘proprietary’ code, sadly it’s often geared towards the advantage of the programmer, or the company who pays the programmer, the users needs and desires are secondary, anyways i didn’t mean to go into RMS mode, just thought i’d mention.
Archlinux has lasted longer on /dev/sdX than any other OS i have used (and i’ve used a few) in all those years i had only one issue where the proprietary nvidia driver got updated and xorg did not ( well not until a few hours later ) i was left without a graphical environment ( which was actually a learning experience which stood me in good stead as i now run a headless server on a raspberry pi) however at the time i was in panic mode without my GUI, as i do not game i have since purged the nvidia blob in favour of the open source GPU driver which has given me zero issues.
Currently my main box hex boots ( have i coined a new term ? ) it has 6 internal drives with the six OS on seperate HDD’s (Windows10, OSX Mavericks, FreeBSD, Arch i686, Arch X86_64 and another Arch on a wee 16GB Sandisk Cruzer Blade thumbdrive which runs Arch Testing Repo’s ( i don’t code so this is how i try & give back to the community) whilst on the subject of the Archlinux community i’d like to take this opperchancity to dispel those accusations that archers are elitist, mean and unhelpful (being told to read the wiki or a manpage does not equate to elitism) it’s how things are done over in Archland, teach a man to fish and all that, spoon-feeding newbs does not happen, personally i think those sort of claims and accusations stem from inexperienced Manjaro users and their ilk.
heres a couple of tips i would give to any Linux users
1. Don’t use proprietary graphics drivers unless you game or use the computer for other GPU intensive tasks, the open source drivers have gotten much better over the past few years and are very capable. The proprietary drivers often cause problems.
2. Don’t use a session manager like lightdm, slim, GDM, KDM etc. Login via TTY and start x with the ‘startx’ command. I have found these login managers to be troublesome. It’s really simple to login via above method and to choose DE or WM using ~/.xinitrc
3. Experiment! try new DE’s WM’s don’t settle for the most common ones just because they are just that. WM’s will cause less problems and are often much faster. I guarantee if you try all available WM’s be it tiling or floating you will find one that suits your needs better than the common DE’s. There’s no excuse, WM’s like DWM require zero configuration and are ready to go out of the box.
Thanks for reading. if you Agree or Disagree with my musings feel free to leave a comment.
EDIT: I filed a bug with livestreamer dev due to streamlive.to having changed their URL syntax which now renders this post obsolete.
This is just a quick tip i stumbled upon and i think ipad owners will approve.
Being a long time Android user i am new to the ipad, the ipad air 2 was under the tree so i set about tweaking it to my liking, on Android one of my favourite apk’s is the Dragon VLC Player it allows me to stream all the popular TV shows and live sports to my Android tablet best of all it’s free on Android.
So i then set about finding this for the ipad, alas it is indeed for sale in the app store but before i shelled out the 8 quid for it i looked around, after some trial & error i installed oplayer from the app store then once installed i opened up oplayer’s settings and i changed the players built in browsers homepage to http://mobileonline.tv this gives oplayer the exact same functionality as the £8 Dragon VLC Player, allowing us to access ilive.to and stream all the things, one has to just click on the hls or rtmp url’s [desktop users can ofc use these url’s in VLC etc. ] and chosen stream will open in oplayer. I hope someone finds this as useful as i do.
Happy New Year
Long time followers of this page may remember back in March of 2012 i did up a hackintosh on an old Dell 620, that was my first foray into the macworld and i came away not overly impressed, Snow Leopard reminded me of Gnome2. Recently i went back for another look at OS X after cooking up a hackintosh which runs the OS Mavericks, read on to find out how this Archlinux refugee fared in the adventure.
Firstly i went to my favourite torrent site and searched for ‘ OSX USB Install Intel’ i ultimately came away with this . For anyone wanting to follow my steps ( i will give a tutorial of sorts as one or two folk on G+ asked me to share the magic sauce) this would be a great time to go and find out what hardware your PC is running, If using lolWindows then there is a free app named Speccy and if using Linux then you probably know how to find out what hardware your box is using. Specificaly take note of the Soundcard, GPU and the NIC (network interface card) make and model. My machine has an ASUS P6T SE mobo and an Intel i7 920 and an ATI HD4870 GPU Audio is Realtek ALC888/ALC1200, NIC is RealtekRTL8111, i will link to the appropriate kexts and a DSDT for that specific HW below.
Once i had my list of hardware i set about writing the newly downloaded image to a little 16Gb Sandisk USB stick, i was ofc using Linux so i used the ‘dd’ method. Having formatted the USB stick to FAT32 filesystem i began to write the image, as root i cd to dir where image resides then ran this command replacing ** with the USB drive’s assigned letters
(never dd to /dev/S**1 etc. no partition numbers, always to root of device)
i renamed the downloaded file ‘OS X 10.9 Install USB.raw’ to simply osx10.raw
dd if=osx10.raw of dev/s**
Again ill be writing about yet another TUI application, which will run with or without an X server. Those who know me are aware i prefer to use the console where possible, not because i wanna be l33t but merely because i find it does things better, faster and in many cases opens up moar options/preferences than you get with the GUI counterparts. My latest find started life in or around December of 1994 as a DOS binary-only freeware. Thankfully at the tail end of 2003 someone took the time and effort to port it to Linux, and other ‘Unix like’ Operating systems.
Open Cubic Player as mentioned will run in a TTY as well as in a graphical environment, here’s a few scrot’s of OCP
Both images above are from the ocp-X11 ( the graphical environment) now it’s only fair i show you some scrots of OCP running in a non graphical environment.
Using ocp-curses we dont get the same visualisations, only the spectrum analyzer, whereas in the X version we have choice ofaround 4 visualisations
Video of ocp-curses